Here are some authentic menus for you to get a feel for what the French like to eat.
1. La Banquise, Montréal, Québec
2. Café Be, Printemps, Paris
3. Chameleon, Paris*
4. Le Cochon Dingue, Québec
5. Le Cochon Dingue (Carte Lunch Weekend), Québec
6. Le Coco’s, Tahiti, Polynésie française*
7. Complètement Toqué, Bastogne, Belgique*
8. La Croissanterie, France
9. Déli-cieux, Printemps, Paris (a café on the roof of Printemps)
10. La Grillardière, Casablanca, Maroc
11. Hôtel DuPeyrou, Neuchâtel, Suisse*
12. McDonald’s, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
13. Paillaird, Québec, Québec*
14. Rapide Pizza, Six-Fours-Les-Plages, France
15. Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Sénégal
Notice how different eating establishments can be: Boulangerie, Patiserie, café, glacier.
Even fast food is different. Check out some of the images from MacDonalds in French speaking countries: https://www.google.ca/search?q=french+mcdonalds&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=iO-EU8nZENPJsASjsoAQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=988&bih=595
Create your own French Eatery
– Using the template, start by naming your establishment.
Pretty much anyone who has eaten at a French restaurant is familiar with the French preposition chez since it’s often used with the name of the chef, as in Chez Laura.
Name your establishment using the preposition Chez.
– List some prices and items on the outside menu. Use the windows to showcase menu items or specials. What does it look like inside. For example, a boulangerie would have baquettes and different types of bread in the back.
– What will attract your customer to come to your eatery? Is it colourful, creative in some way? Do you have your hours posted on the door (remember 24 hour way of telling time in French)?
Here are some student examples: